Laser hair removal questions
How many sessions will I need?
Your fully trained aesthetician will assess your individual needs, but effective laser hair removal is usually achieved over a course of 6 to 8 treatments.
These will be spaced about 4 to 6 weeks apart and you’ll soon notice less and less hair growing back each time.
Is laser hair removal safe?
Laser hair removal is safe for most patients, but it's really important that you go through the full consultation process with us before treatment. We will treat a test patch on the treatment area beforehand so we can make sure there are no adverse reactions.
You’ll be treated in a hygienic, fully-equipped clinic where your comfort and wellbeing are our absolute priority. The aestheticians at our clinics have completed a rigorous internal training programme that is externally verified, and which is also supplemented with additional annual training.
Equipment is of a very high standard. We use a variety of highly reliable and proven machines across our clinics including Lightsheer, Quantum, Lumenis One, Soprano and Harmony.
Will the hair grow back?
After your first treatment, you will find that the hair will naturally grow back finer over a period of time.
Hair on your face generally grows in a 4 week cycle. Body hair generally grows in a 6 week cycle. The hair is effectively reduced by approximately 10-15% after each session. We do recommend a top up once a year to maintain your hair free skin.
Can I shave in-between treatments?
You can shave the treated area in between treatments. We would recommend that waxing and plucking is avoided as this removes the hair from the follicle.
When should I plan laser hair removal treatments?
It is advisable to plan your treatment before the summer, as your skin is more sensitive and you will need to avoid direct sunlight. Winter is the best time to have treatment, however you can have laser hair treatment or top ups at any time of the year provided you don’t have a tan at the time. Your personal treatment plan can be designed to give you hair-free skin all summer long. So, if you’re looking to have hair free skin on the beach in July, you should really be planning it as early as January or February.
Do I need to avoid sunlight?
After treatment, your skin will be very sensitive and you will need to stay out of the sun for a further 4 weeks.
Darker skin tones will need to avoid direct sunlight for longer periods both before and after treatment.
Can I have laser hair removal treatment if I use fake tan?
Your skin needs to be free from tanning products to be able to be treated successfully with a course of laser hair treatment.
The lasers wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between natural melanin in the skin or stimulated melanin from the use of tanning products, so the lasers will heat up both structures to the same temperature which can damage the skin and cause a darkening or pigmentation of the skin.
The water content of the skin will also heat up which can cause the skin to blister.
How long do I need to wait after waxing or plucking before I can have laser hair removal treatment?
You will need to wait approximately 6 weeks before booking laser hair removal treatment. This is because when you pluck or wax the hair is removed from the follicle. The follicle needs to be filled with hair for the lasers to be effective at targeting the removal of hair.
Do I need to prepare before having laser hair treatment?
We would advise you shave before having laser hair removal treatment. However, for the first consultation and patch, you need to have the hair unshaven so the Aesthetician can assess the hair (to ensure correct settings are used) and to also take photographs prior to treatment to assess percentage to hair removal at the end of the course.)
Please check the best time to shave with your laser aesthetician to ensure your treatment is as successful as possible.